I don't see near as much in the news on Iraq we saw six or so months ago. Does this mean the surge has worked? Why does this year has the highest number of casualties for our troops? What's the story here? Did we make the benchmarks? What are the measurements we use to define success or failure? It amazes me how the biggest issue of our time seems to move to page 7. And why do we need to send in all the Marines to Afghanistan?